The ESB is to dismantle its wind farm at Derrybrien in south Galway after it failed to secure retrospective planning permission for the project.
The 70-turbine wind farm, which was one of the largest onshore when commissioned in 2006, supplies about one per cent of electricity needs nationally.
Located on the Slieve Aughty mountains, it has been mired in controversy since a landslide killed thousands of fish and engulfed forestry and farmland during its construction in 2003 at a cost of €60 million.
Last month An Bord Pleanála refused an application for retrospective planning permission for the project lodged by Gort Wind Farms Ltd, an ESB subsidiary.
The application was made after a ruling at the EU Court of Justice found that Ireland breached environmental
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